Hello good people of the internet world, thank you for dropping by today. I hope you've had a good week and enjoyed every moment of it. The days have gone cooler and there have been sprinklings of rain, but in general, the UK is still basking in the glorious summer we've had this year. I've almost forgotten about what it feels like in winter, and who knows what is to come with all the anxieties about global warming.
I wrote a tutorial for Bead and Jewellery Magazine in early 2017 called Sunflower Smile - to write the tutorial, I had to photograph the steps as I went along, and then, once the article was accepted, send the finished product to the magazine for it to be professionally photographed. The tutorial was published and the beads returned to me.
I've had the sunflowers since then - I used one and the necklace was picked up at the Handmade Fair. SInce then I've run into a complete block about what to do with the other two.
I bought some grey agate druzy slab nuggets a few weeks ago and when they arrived I wanted to make something entirely different with them - different from anything I've ever made, and different from anything anyone else is likely to make. I think I've achieved my goals with this piece - there can't be that many polymer clay sunflower and slab bead necklaces in the world!
Sweet Sunflower Smile
The colourful beads at the back add a bit of zing! to the piece.
In Greek mythology, Apollo – that handsome god of the sun – was the subject of adoration of a nymph who sat and gazed at him every day. Eventually, the gods took pity on her and turned that nymph into a sunflower, which is why sunflowers always appear to be yearning for the sun.
Sunflower centres are actually made up of thousands of tiny flowers, which then grow into seeds. It is said that if you place a sunflower seed under your pillow, you'll wake up and discover the answer to any question on your mind.
The Morning After
The markings on the pale grey dragon's vein agate in this necklace look like a bloodshot eye, the morning after a great night out on the razzle. The blue agate has a bit of light tracery running through it as well and together, they make a very pretty picture. The two brushed metal beads and the sweet little clasp set with a black onyx only make it prettier. Once again I rescued a potentially drab grey necklace, this time with touches of blue and silver.
One of my clients requested a necklace with a Tagemout bead - she saw one I made earlier and asked for a similar piece. It took me ages to find a suitable Tagemout, and I spent some time over the weekend making the faux amber beads in the necklace.
Polymer clay is a chameleon substance which is readily manipulated to resemble glass, gemstones, amber and other materials.
The Moroccan Tagemout bead was strung with faux amber in the necklace I made a couple of years ago.
Amber doesn't surface in the Sahara, due to a scarcity of ancient pine forests and was formed on the shores of the Baltic Sea in northern Europe and shipped onwards through Italy. It was packed onto the backs of camels by indigo-shrouded Tuareg traders, who carried them deep into the desert to exchange for gold.
These faux amber beads are meant to be old, and fashioned some time back in the 19th century. Their surfaces have a crazed and weathered patina and appear broken and repaired. Many have been broken in half parallel to the stringing hole. Tiny strips of decorative silver are hammered across the break to make them whole. Little pieces of 'coral and turquoise' are inserted into the niches in the 'amber' as a decoration. The beads are now ready to be made up into a necklace, possibly next week.
Translucent clay coloured with alcohol inks and embossing powder.
The beads were rolled, embellished and cured.
Each bead was sanded with 3 successive grits of sandpaper, and antiqued
Buffed and polished, and finally ready to use.
So, there you are then. That's what I've been up to this week. What have you been doing? Do tell.
Have a fabulous week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
Hello folks, thanks for coming back to the Caprilicious blog. I'm looking forward to this weekend - for the first time in ages, I'm not on call at work, or entertaining, or needing to go somewhere - just chilling, and the anticipation feels great.
Last weekend I had old schoolmates come to our annual reunion and we had a great time, but I was a bit exhausted after entertaining folks on two consecutive weekends. Fortunately, I had the sense to book the Monday off to recover.
However, I found time to create a couple of necklaces during the week - it was a case of assembling them, really, as I'd created them in my mind a while ago.
A Touch of Elegance
I found the little silver dragonfly pendant while I was looking for something else altogether and knew I had to have it. The little orange sodalite teardrop that dangles from it is exceedingly pretty, too.
Sodalite is a deep blue mineral named after its sodium content. Orange sodalite is a special variety with its calcite inclusions, usually white, and contains iron, presenting a beautiful rosey orange glow. This stone was first discovered in Greenland in 1811 and is now being mined in Africa. Sodalite is said to help bring rational thinking, inner peace, and a calming energy to its wearer.
Keshi or 'cornflake' pearls are small non-nucleated pearls typically formed as by-products of pearl cultivation. A pearl is formed when a substance such as a piece of shell becomes embedded in a mollusc such as an oyster. A type of infection ensues, and the oyster heals itself by developing a layer of nacre over the intruding substance, walling it off from the irritant. Layers of nacre continue to form as long as the oyster is alive, and the result is a pearl.
The Keshi pearl forms when the oyster spits out the nucleus before the development of the pearl has had the opportunity to finish. 'Ptooey' goes the oyster, and a Keshi pearl is formed!!
The second piece I made was to showcase a slab nugget of agate druzy that has been electroplated with titanium. I added large clear quartz beads that are hand faceted and separated them with haematite beads that are also electroplated. Druzy crystal is a configuration of many tiny sparkling crystals on the surface of a bulky crystalline body. The geological process that forms a druzy occurs when water brings minerals onto a rock's surface. When the water evaporates, the minerals are left behind to form crystals on top of the rock. With its multitude of tiny crystals, druzy possesses a reflective surface reminiscent of sugar or snow. It can be coated with titanium or other metallic vapour to create various iridescent finishes. Druzy crystal is considered to bestow strength and promote fresh ideas to guide an individual’s growth. It is also connected with harmony, patience, and optimistic love.
The piece turned out so glamorous that I called it Sophia, after the most glamorous woman I know of - Sophia Loren!!
That's me for this week, folks. I'm now going to get some more shut eye and slob around in my PJ's for most of this weekend as I'm back to the daily grind come next week. Have a fabulous week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
Hello folks, thanks for dropping by at Caprilicious Jewellery today.
The skies finally opened and rained poured from the clouds, but unfortunately for me the lovely heat wave broke on the day I had people coming round to our place for a barbeque.
The day before the barbecue I downloaded the BBC weather app and the Accuweather app and spent anxious moments between prepping the food anxiously swapping between the two. The rain poured as if it had all been stored up for that one day. However, there was a happy ending - it stopped raining just as the guests arrived and we relaxed in the garden.
Fire and Ice
The anxiety of the weather watch exhausted me and it took me a while to recover. A rummage through my stash of beads soon inspired me to make a necklace that I long had in mind to create. The lava beads in this necklace appear spongy from the time when bubbles of gas escaped from them as the magma boiled and flowed from the volcano where they came from. The icy blue quartz beads are gently faceted and provide a perfect foil to the black lava beads. A box clasp set with a blue topaz finishes the necklace beautifully.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Perhaps a strange name for a necklace? Well, this is a novel written by Jules Verne which inspired a video game of the same name. The story is set in Iceland which is such a mystical, magical place that it seemed to me that the geodes of amethyst used in this necklace could easily have come from there. I racked my brains as to what I could use as a focal point to the necklace without detracting from the beauty of the geodes. These beads are very hard to come by and I've been looking for them for years. They are relatively expensive and I thought long and hard before I hit the 'pay' button. However, I'd wanted them for ages, and searched so hard for them that I had to have them. I put the string of beads away, taking them out at regular intervals and stroking them, turning them over in my hands like Gollum. And now, I've released them from my stash with the addition of a silver amulet.
The geode beads appear as if they have been tipped with ice crystals and I just love the way they look. No photograph can do them justice, and my skills aren't good enough to show off the beauty of these geodes. You'll just have to take my word for it. The necklace sits close to the neck and is finished with a toggle clasp, and in my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful pieces I have made.
That's me for today, folks. Have a great week, and I'll catch you next week, same time, same place.
Good day, readers. Thanks for joining me at Chez Caprilicious. What can I say, the sun is still shining (for now) and the bees are buzzing, and everyone is happy. Apart from a few curmudgeons, that is - those who are grumbling about being fed up of the heat and wanting the rain to come back. Well, they won't have to wait long, as the weather is expected to break this afternoon, with thundershowers predicted - and of course, as we don't do things by halves, there may even be flash floods! Still, we've had a straight run of almost four weeks of pure, undiluted sunshine and being able to wear our summer clothes without cardigans and sweaters over them.
I normally make colourful jewellery, but the weather over the week just gone by has inspired me to ratchet up my love for vibrancy to an even higher level. My first piece is made from turquoise dyed magnesite. The beads are slab nuggets, with the holes going through the centre of each bead so that they stack up beautifully, giving the necklace a texture that is quite unique. I added a chunk of raw amethyst to the centre of the necklace, adding to it's tactility and called it Ferideh, which is an old Arabic name, meaning 'unique'. A few Nepalese beads inlaid with coral and turquoise added even more colour to the piece. I loved it so much that I borrowed the necklace to wear at an interview - as an interviewer, I hasten to add. My days of being an interviewee are long gone, hopefully.
And as if Ferideh wasn't colourful enough, I took inspiration for the next piece from the Pushkar camel fair in Rajasthan. The caravans of camels are so highly decorated that they manage to alter the dry desert landscape for the duration. I used a Nepalese pendant and added all the colourful howlite I had in my stash to create this one. The aim is for the wearer to feel confident, glamorous, and sure of herself, knowing that she is dressed to attract attention and compliments. One couldn't help but feel fabulous in this piece, in my opinion.
I thought I'd play you a rendition of Caravan as sung by one of my favourite singers, Laura Fygi - I have all her albums and they are all uniformly fabulous. I hope to be able to hear her live someday but she doesn't seem to come to the UK, so we'll have to go over to wherever she's playing a gig. She sings in a multitude of European languages and I think I prefer her songs in French than English - do Google her and see what you think.
That's me for this week folks, thanks for dropping by. Have a wonderful week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
Hello folks, thank you for coming back to Caprilicious today. I'm happy to report that the sun is still shining over the UK - we've had the best summer since 1976 apparently, and it is set to continue for at least six weeks more. I have to say there's nothing like England when it's warm and sunny - if it were always like this, we'd never go abroad.
The fly in the ointment is that the reservoirs are running dry and we are looking a hosepipe ban squarely in the eye - if that happens our gardens will go dry and brown, rather than the beautiful verdant green England is famous for. We forget so easily that to be green, lawns need the rain! Just now we are still allowed to water our plants and Mike does so diligently, hence the scene above, photographed yesterday.
As I mentioned last week, I was gifted a ticket to Paul Simon's Farewell Tour concert in Hyde Park, at which James Taylor was his warm up act. We stood listening to these two giants play for over five hours and my feet are still recovering from that ordeal. As it was the day of the World Cup, Wimbledon finals, and a beautiful warm day to boot, London was heaving with tourists. The concert was fabulous, and I came home sad that Paul Simon was retiring, but happy that I'd been there to cheer him on his way.
The warm weather is bringing back memories of my life in India and the colours of the East are prevalent in my pieces of jewellery this week. It has in recent years, become quite fashionable for those who wear statement necklaces to look towards Eastern influences in their choice of apparel. Colourful jackets, scarves and even trousers (remember harem pants?), have become commonplace, and an East meets West vibe is now quite the thing, especially with linens and lagenlook clothing.
The pendant was handmade by artisans in the border area of Tibet and Nepal, and is inlaid with coral, lapis lazuli and turquoise, and filled with scroll work. The amount of workmanship in the pieces that originate from this area is mind boggling. I have been to a jewellery makers workshop in Nepal a number of years ago, and remember the artisans putting in the inlay work after painstakingly soldering in the scrolled metal, one piece at a time.
The pendants in the necklaces I make are purchased from Fair Trade sources, ensuring that the artisans are paid the right price for their labours.
Naila is a girl who you think is the most gorgeous, beautiful girl you have ever met. Someone who has changed you and made you a better person. She has the best sense of humor out of everyone you know and she has the greatest personality that can brighten your day .........
I made this necklace with matte cylinders of lapis lazuli which are hard to come by, and found accidentally when I was recently looking for matte amethyst beads. I added coral cylinders and a ghau box pendant inlaid with turquoise and coral which brightened the piece to my satisfaction. With the addition of a beautiful box clasp from Jaipur, the piece was good to go - simple but effective, as the best pieces often are.
That's me for this week folks. I'm off to enjoy the garden in the fabulous sunshine. I'm working all next weekend, so I'd better make the most of it!
Have a fabulous week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
Hello folks, thanks for joining me today. The UK is still basking in sunshine, although some spoilsports are beginning to mutter about droughts and hose pipe bans - one wouldn't believe we live on an island, surrounded by water. I suppose it's all 'water water everywhere and not a drop to drink'!! This week work at the day job has been extra busy and I've spent time in the garden in the remnants of the sun of an evening. This has meant that I've had no time at all for my magnificent obsession and my output has been a big fat zero! However, for those of you who follow the blog, I thought I'd bring you an article I wrote, which was published in 2017 in the journal of the Indian Catholic Association of Central Texas. The Journal was called A Taste of India : Jewels of India.
The proceeds from the sale of the journal went to Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Austin, Texas; victims of Hurricane Harvey, and the Indian Missionary Society, Rahagora and Sevalaya, Belgaum.
When one of the ladies on the editorial board asked me to contribute an article I was thrilled, but I thought I'd make it clear to them that I did not subscribe to any organised religion at all. As she didn't seem to mind too much, I put this little article together.
A Magnificent Obsession - a Potted History of Jewellery in India
Neena Shilvock is a cat person, obstetrician and gynaecologist, and jewellery designer and maker, in no particular order. Given the choice, she would paint the world in happy, bright, rainbow colours and her jewellery is consequently as high visibility as her world vision. She imagines that she is an introvert and that her jewellery speaks for her, but others beg to differ. Either way, her designs are interesting and unusual, her eye for colour is unerring, her workmanship excellent, and her choice of materials unconventional. Her jewellery suits the soul of the sophisticated extrovert and bashful introverts will find that wearing Caprilicious endows them with the magical ability to stand up and be counted.
She can be found at www.capriliciousjewellery.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CapriliciousJewellery .
Twelve shell beads discovered in a cave in eastern Morocco were dated at more than 80,000 years old. The beads are coloured with red ochre and show signs of being strung together. The beads found in Morocco aren't the oldest in existence. That honour belongs to two tiny shells discovered in Israel in the 1930s and dated at 100,000 years old. The shells are pierced with holes and were probably also hung as pendants or necklaces.
The earliest Indian jewellery was found in the ruins of the Indus Valley civilisation, going back 5000 years. The wide range of jewellery worn by both genders can be seen in sculptures in temples and shrines, and there are records of jewellery in various epics and texts dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
Gold and precious gems were used as a crude form of banking, with the owners
converting their money into ornaments that could be sold on during hard times. For Indian women, jewellery was considered a social and economic security, the value of which would only appreciate with time.
Particular types of gemstones were thought to protect against specific ailments or threats and the evil eye. Each stone was endowed with a mystical quality and used as a protection against evil forces. The navaratna or nine gems, each representing a planet, are worn in a particular order, to this day.
For more than 2,000 years, India was the sole supplier of gemstones to the world. Golconda diamonds, sapphires from Kashmir and pearls from the Gulf of Mannar were coveted, and drew merchants across land and sea to India.
Temple jewellery in South India, was originally used to adorn idols and temple dancers. The pieces are chunky but intricate, adorned with gemstones, floral and paisley patterns, and often figurines of the god they adorn. They are now worn by classical dancers who have brought them out of the temples into the wider world.
The Turkish influence came to India via the Mughals, who brought enamel work, uncut stones, pearl tassels, and aigrettes; turban ornaments for both men and women, to the north of India.
The Islamic influence mainly remained in the north, with the exception of Hyderabad in the south where the Nizam and his wives were avid collectors of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery adorned with stunning rubies, emeralds and diamonds. Jewellery made in Turkey today still has a lot of similarity to pieces made in India and this is due to the Turkish origins of the Mughal empire.
Gold was traditionally the most commonly used metal in India for a long time, especially among people who considered jewellery an investment. Eventually it became too expensive for the ordinary man and ‘one gram gold’ pieces, which are essentially gold plated silver came into being. Women traditionally buy gold at festivals such as Diwali and the one gram gold ornament allowed them to keep up with the Joneses.
The younger, more contemporary woman, who eschews values such as buying gold as an investment however, prefers to buy silver ornaments. The rustic village/gypsy/Banjara look is very trendy today and silver jewellery is seen as a compromise - a precious metal that has value, albeit not as much as gold, but can yet be handed down to future generations as an heirloom piece.
Eventually, even the price of silver shot up, and ‘German Silver’ copies of silver ornaments became popular. These are cheap and almost throwaway pieces that can be used on a few occasions, after which they begin to look and smell strange due to the tarnishing of the formulation of 60% copper, 20% nickel and 20% zinc.
India has had a long association with costume jewellery - glass beads, semi precious gemstone beads, rudraksh, sandalwood and other wood beads, flower garlands and bracelets, tiger claws and teeth, yak teeth, shells, amber, coral, bone and ivory are some of the more traditional materials used.
Western apparel has become popular and many ladies have gravitated towards a more Western look for their jewellery. This has happened almost serendipitously, at the time when precious metals became too expensive to buy on a whim, akin to the time in the western word when costume jewellery became very fashionable in the 1950s, in particular when film stars gave it credibility.
Women have found that they can buy colourful, limited edition jewellery and look fabulous in them without having to pay the earth, and what’s more, these pieces will stand the test of time. It is important to a lot of women to be different and stand out from the crowd, and for them the handcrafted, personalised piece of jewellery is ideal.
Contemporary Indian jewellery wearers are poised at the point of rejecting the one-size-fits-all outcome of traditional manufacturing and there is a growing taste for customisation and work of a more individual nature. Artisan made jewellery has now grown very popular as have craft markets and online shopping; the world-wide-web has made shopping for indie jewellery so much easier and fun.
The new Indian woman requires each piece of apparel she wears to be different, as unique as herself, and it’s maker.
I hope you enjoyed that little read. I have friends visiting me all weekend, and on Sunday, a friend has bought me a ticket to see Paul Simon on his farewell tour in Hyde Park. I have actually watched him play at the same venue a few years ago with the boys from Ladysmith Black Mombazo and it was great, so I'm really looking forward to a repeat performance.
Have a fabulous weekend and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
Howdy folks,how are you this fine and sunny day. It's been a glorious summer this year, with more to come in the UK and I am so happy. You can feel the elevation of your mood when the sun shines all day long, we are able to take off our customary swaddling layers and wear clothes that we only normally get to wear on holidays abroad.
I've enjoyed the week so much that my creative juices were running and consequently my output was pretty high. The Mitchell Art Gallery from Warwick where I used to place my jewellery contacted me with a proposal to exhibit some pieces at a show in November, and they wanted a few pieces to photograph. I'm of course the classic 'I don't have anything to wear' type of woman, and so I had to make new pieces to show the management of the Gallery at the end of July and I started a small collection of statement jewellery.
The theme for this week was all about tactile texture - texture and pattern are intricately intertwined, for instance a brick wall has a distinct pattern which can also be felt when touched. We react to textures in our psyche, which allows us to mentally feel things without ever actually touching them.
The Oil Slick Necklace Mark 2
The beautiful druzy beads, coated with a vapour of gold and titanium, with Kenyan lost wax cast beads and a smooth moss agate clasp make up this fabulously tactile necklace. Mark one now lives in Scotland with a lady who fell in love with it almost as soon as I put it on the website a few months ago.
Cool ceramic black beads I found in a shop in India, with brushed silver plated copper beads and a smooth black agate clasp - this one sits close to the neck like a cravat and will do well in the neckline of a shirt, among other ways to wear it.
The pendant is made of sterling silver set with magnetite and pyrite. Magnetite is called the lodestone, due to it's being weakly magnetic and a seam of pyrite runs through the main stone. Another dagger shaped piece of magnetite descends into the decollete' and has a subtle texture to it. Faceted pyrite beads in round and teardrop shapes carry the pendant, echoing the pyrite in the main stone.
So that's my week, then folks. Actually it's been a hard week at work and I've needed distraction therapy to keep me going. Perhaps that's why I found myself making so many pieces, or maybe it was the thought of the photographs for the exhibition at the Mitchell Gallery? Whatever it was, the week was very productive and a lot of fun.
That's me for this week, folks. Have a wonderful, sunny week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place,
Hello folks, gee willikins, what a wonderful week we've had! I've never seen anything like it, where there has been day after day of golden sunshine, warmth on the old bones and summer seems to have taken off like a rocket. Of course, now that I've said it, there are thunderstorms forecast for next week, but I think the gardens will sigh with relief.
I've spent a lot of time outdoors, watering the garden, pulling the weeds and generally ensuring that my plants stay alive. Consequently I haven't had time to go into the conservatory and play with my torch and bash out a bit of fold forming on my anvil.
The idea of writing this blog is that it serves as a gallery of my designs. Sporadically, people discover them and ask if I could make a similar piece. This year, a piece called the Sorcerers Apprentice has taken people's imagination and I have been asked to remake the piece twice over. As the beads are handmade, the necklace can never be the same as the original, just similar. Just now the beads above, made at the weekend are not technically 'beads' as they have yet to have holes put through them, they also need sanding and buffing before they can be made up into a necklace. This one is destined for a friend and customer in India.
I bought a beautiful Nepalese Ghau box, with loads of scroll work and filigree wire all over it. It is pretty large, and I think it was originally meant for a man. Faux beeswax amber beads, turquoise dyed magnesite heishi beads and little red beads are held together by a beautiful moss agate box clasp. The ghau is a box meant for carrying small reliquaries and prayers and of course if you need it, can be used as a pill box for when you travel afar and require medication later on in the day.
Bright and sunny to reflect the weather, this necklace can be worn with Eastern dress, but far more effectively with Lagenlook clothes, bohemian outfits or even in the neck of a simple white shirt and jeans. I love the picture opposite - the lady is so stylish and sophisticated. Iris Apfel and friends have done a lot to make this style of bohemian jewellery popular and it totally chimes with my sense of colour and requirement for bold and beautiful jewellery.
This week is a short post folks, as between the weather and garden and the day job I've been too busy to play with beads and baubles. I'll have more for you next time, have a great week and see you next Friday, same time, same place.
-Dear friends, thanks for joining me again, as always it is fabulous to speak to you each week. If you enjoy reading this half as much as I do writing it, we're both in a win-win situation.
The summer has been particularly kind to us this year with sunshine - I'd better not say any more or I might jinx it!
Last week, Mike rescued a magpie chick that was almost on its last legs and so exhausted it couldn't fly, although nothing was really wrong with its wings. It was a plump little bird, crouched at the bottom of the tree on the front of our house and I named it 'Toast' apropos of what was most likely to happen when Wilfred the cat caught up with it. Mike tried putting it in the bushes, but it just came back over the road to the same spot.
Eventually, we put it in the cat cage overnight, fed it bread and milk and replaced it in the tree from which its sibling fell from the nest and perished a couple of days earlier.
I'm happy to report that Toast survives, and flutters past our house cocking a snook at Wilfred every time he goes past. Happy ending, then - for now!
These two necklaces were made on the back of the coral necklace I made to order a couple of weeks ago. I pick beads and gemstones that chime with my spirit - they need to have a certain 'something' about them - their shape, or their colouring, marking, or texture - I very rarely picked simple round beads and if I do, I like to team them with an interesting clasp or component that makes me jump up and down with pleasure.
A few beads with a clasp on the end do not a piece of great jewellery make, and I do my best to put things together that chime with my joie de vivre. Sometimes I buy gemstones just because I like the look of them and then have to sit on them for ages before I can decide what to make with them.
The beads in these necklaces were purchased around two years ago and they sat in my stash serenely, occasionally popping up when I rummaged around looking for the perfect components for my next piece. Suddenly, I had a lightbulb moment and these two necklaces came to life.
Adding an interesting clasp and a few tiny beads in total simplicity elevated these two from being strings of beautifully marked beads to two exquisite necklaces.
Even so, I wasn't prepared for the sudden mini rush of orders. I hunted out the vendor praying that they still had them, and bought some more strings of amethyst. The citrine necklace will take a bit more time to move on as yellow is not everyones cup of tea. They are a lovely warm molasses colour, though, and I know some redheads and brunettes that they would suit to a T - I'll let them come across the necklace in their own time.
The Social Butterfly
I showed you the beginnings of The Social Butterfly last week. I pressed on with it all of this week and once I'd embellished the edges of the butterfly, I had to decide how I was going to string it. I found an image on Pinterest and decided a faux lariat style necklace would be the way to go. Unfortunately I cannot credit the owner of the image as it isn't mentioned on Pinterest. I had already decided that this was going to be a confection in pale pink and green so I used beautifully marked, faceted green agate beads.
A social butterfly is a slang term for a person who is socially dynamic, networking, charismatic, and personally gregarious and I found this amusing article on a website called Lifehacks - "20 Things You Should Know Before Dating A Social Butterfly". Everyone likes to be thought of as charismatic and gregarious even if they are not, so a bit of help is always welcome in my opinion - what do you think??
I did not make these, but found them on a website before I went to India, they are so pretty I couldn't resist them for my Caprilicious ladies - some of them were sold in India, and these are the few that remain. They are light, pretty and inexpensive and if you do like them, they are on the silver earrings page of the website. They are great as little gifts too. My nieces picked up a few and certainly loved them.
That's me for this week folks, have a lovely week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
"There’s so much sameness in the world. And if people are not going to change their manner of dress, at least change your jewelry so you don’t all look alike."
Hello people, how are you? I'm typing one handed today, having cut myself attempting to chop an onion and bleeding all over my kitchen. We've had a lovely week, the garden's coming together, the sun is out and all's well with the world. Unfortunately, the bird and rodent population around our house aren't having a great time of it - the warmth of the temperatures outside has drawn Wilfred outside the house and he is going through them like a dose of salts. I'm almost afraid to walk around the house in bare feet as there's always a high risk of stepping on a barely cooled furry/feathery body - no walking around with my head in the clouds, then! The other people who've been adversely affected by the warm weather are my poor neighbours.
Mike has his electric keyboard set up in the conservatory and when it is mild, he goes there and bangs out the few tunes he knows (one of them is 'White Christmas'), and what's worse, attempts to accompany himself in full throat. He has a reasonable voice, but eventually it sounds like Ozzy Ozbourne singing Bark at the Moon backwards with a half chewed bat in his mouth. That puts paid to any ideas they have of mowing the lawn or having a little al fresco picnic outdoors, they scuttle back to the house shrieking, with their hands over their ears. I'm not stupid, I've invested in a good pair of earplugs and am considering gifting the neighbours a few pairs as a gesture of goodwill.
WIth all the flowers coming out in the garden and the butterflies and bees flitting around, I was inspired to make a butterfly using a couple of hand carved pink quartz cabochons. I felt that the pale pink of the quartz needed zhooshing up with a bit of extra colour and have decided that the necklace will be in spring/summer shades of pink and a bright leaf green.
I've owned a string of tiny 1mm silver beads for the longest time, and I had no idea what I could do with them. A few weeks ago, I was idly looking at a brochure from one of my suppliers and I found strings of tiny 2mm haematite beads. The beads are electroplated with titanium in an electric blue and I bought four strings and added the tiny silver beads to them, along with a few round beads sprinkled through the necklace, to allow the beads to move on the stringing wire. The tiny silver beads are called Silver Silk and the necklace was hell to string because of the size of the beads, but I persevered as I could see that it was going to look pretty when finished, and so it does!
I left the strands short at 18" so that they frame the face.
So, here are a few pictures of the butterfly I've been working on - WIP pictures, taken at the end of each night, as I go along. For the first time I actually put a sketch down on a piece of kitchen roll, I usually start with a cabochon and design the piece as I go along. With this pendant, I'm using two cabochons and want two wings and a tip of a third to be visible, so I felt it made sense to have a vague idea of what I wanted to do rather than muddling through as is my wont, normally.
I hope it's looking vaguely butterflyish now - if it isn't, you could
This is all I had time for this week. Have a fabulous week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.